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Samsung Starting to Rollout Ice Cream Sandwich Officially, Coming to Tabs 10.1 and 8.9 “Soon”

With the announcement that a few European countries would have Ice Cream Sandwich rolling out to their Samsung Galaxy SIIs, Samsung also gave us a friendly reminder about a few of their other devices. Android 4.0 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will “follow soon” to the update that is rolling out now.

Samsung also confirmed the dreaded “value pack” firmware upgrade for phones like the Galaxy S. After saying the Galaxy S wasn’t getting ICS, then backtracking and then said the phone might not get a value pack either; users were frustrated. But Samsung explains a few details of what they have up their sleeve:

The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.

So it is a little something isn’t it? But is it enough to appease Galaxy S users? Let’s just hope for Samsung’s sake that the ICS rollout across the world doesn’t take too long.

Via: Facebook

  • NeverAgainSamsung

    Nothing is ever “soon” with Samsung! They should be punished and…..wait! 😉

  • Bob

    Tyler, iPad sucks

  • cm9 🙂 just release the source samsung!

  • Well its ashame you dont have the Google experience version of the tablet but if not removig practically all support for the carrier branded version of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G, and LTE Xoom off there site then i dont know what to tell you. If it makes you feel better you will eventually get it although ive had it on my wifi version for months now

  • Sojophoto

    Samsung has screwed up, as well as Motorola, in my mind. I see Asus as the next big player. They are updating their products quickly, and with little issue.

    •  if by no issue you mean huge issues then yeah your right lol

  • mbaldwin85

    Meanwhile my 3G/4G Xoom is still waiting. Google experience device my a$$

    • How many times does it have to be said that the wifi only and GSM version is the developer device and the other variants are carrier adaptions

      • mbaldwin85

        I don’t remember seeing that. Source?

  • Excellent.  Even though 3.2 has been treating me well, I’m excited to try out Chrome on my 10.1.  Bring it on!

  • my neighbor’s step-sister brought home $21345 the prior month. she makes money on the computer and got a $522800 home. All she did was get lucky and set to work the information written on this site LazyCash4 DOT com

  • J Trayer

    volume+ makes the speaker usable on the gnex

    • shouldnt have to use apps to make the phone work like its suppose to right out of the box

      • trevorsalienarms

        Couldn’t agree more. Fortunately, the speaker on my latest Gnex works really well, no need to install an app.

  • trevorsalienarms

    In no particular hurry to get ICS on my SGT 10.1, but nice to know that it’s coming.

  • Dain Laguna

    and what of the 7.0 plus? imo, it made more sense to ship that thing with ICS than to make the ‘tab 2 7.0’ or whatever they called it with ics already on it.

    i think the screen is better on the tab 2, but samsung’s over-saturation is insane

    • Droidzilla

      Tab 7.7 > All. I would love me a <8" tab with a sAMOLED screen, but I'm too cheap to buy the 7.7.

      • Dain Laguna

        yeah, the only appeal to the 7.7, for me at least, is that screen. we carry 7.0 plus’ at my job and the screen is zero improved over its predecessor. but hey if they can get people to buy it, more power to them

      • Dain Laguna

        and isnt the 7.7 exclusively sold with a data connection?

  • and still nothing on fixing the gnex

    • Dain Laguna

      whats ‘wrong’ with it? (serious question, as these usually start a flamewar, but i actually want to know before getting one)

      • well the mic cuts off during a call, the speaker is awful,radios are sub par, the camera is a huge joke, camera on my original droid is way better,lag when sending long text messages for starters

        • Dain Laguna

          ugh. the camera complaints are pretty common…i had an og droid for about a year, and i dont think the nexus camera is as bad as that, but the nexus camera was used in a controlled environment (vzw store) so that could explain some of it.

          were you an early adopter?

          • got mine the first day , pics look ok, just dont try to blow them up,its sad really

          • Dain Laguna

            ah i gotcha. being first in line has its downsides :/

      • its things that should have been fixed before it was released,its a shame, could have been a great phone, I love the shape and size, great display

        • Dain Laguna

          that display alone makes me want to get one…the bad radios/low speaker thing still bugs me. i can get over the camera

          • it looks good in the store, but in everyday use,,,no,,, you will regret it,,, wait a bit and see if they fix it

      • trevorsalienarms

        Go look at any of the GNex sub-forums on any of the popular community sites and you’ll have plenty to read. Mostly it’s a signal/reception/call drop issue, but there are others.

        I personally returned two of them shortly after launch, as neither could obtain/retain a signal…it was very frustrating. Gave up and went to a Rezound, but last week I picked up another Gnex from Amazon Wireless. (Great price, btw.) Anyway, this new one showed up with 4.0.2 already loaded and has been as solid as my Rezound in terms of reception; very happy with it. Even the speaker volume is good on this one. Really no issues to speak of, my only nitpick is that it’s a half-step slow to switch from potrait to landscape modes.

        My personal opinion is that the early batches suffered from some manufacturing and/or QC issues and it was a total crapshoot as to whether or not you got one that worked like it was supposed to…seems I lucked out and finally got a good one, but I completely understand the concerns of those still dealing with issues. Hopefully an OTA comes soon and actually does something to clear up the remaining issues for those that have them.

        I still wouldn’t buy one from a Verizon store though; as I’d be wary that any stock still on their shelves correspond with launch-day units.

        • well I got it at verizon and kept holdig on waiting for updates, so i’m screwed now

          • trevorsalienarms

            If youve got the patience for it, never underestimate the power of bitching up a storm. Put in enough time and you’ll get a new phone that works.

          • I have the international version and I dont have that problem but Verizon and Google defintely messed up the launch and expectations of support. Only thing thats wrong with my GN is that its still stuck on 4.0.2

        • Dain Laguna

          good to hear. like i said, you buy early, and you pay for it in other ways. tech is still cool if you arent the first one to have it. i’m sold if your experience with the amazon purchased one is that much of an improvement over the vzw one.

          good call on not buying from them too…it doesnt seem to be a phone that they are pushing either, despite how awesome it is

  • tjpeco

    I never would have expected sammy to get ICS to their tab before Moto got it to any of their tabs

    • Sk102704

      The Xoom has ICS.

    • DMBatCOFC

      They didn’t… Motorola Xoom wifi developer edition has it, right?

  • just came thru on my phone

  • kfath1978


    • O H

      • kfath1978


        • I hear ya

          • Droidzilla

            Am I the only one that sang the initial comment and its replies?

  • i just recieved a 50$ off coupon frum verizon on any 4g lte motorola tablet

    • Michael_NM

      Hello trash can.

    • Droidzilla

      If the XYBOARD were $50, that would be a good deal.

  • Michael_NM

    This is great news for those of us who bought a Xoom 3G/4G because it was a developer tablet. If Samsung can beat Moto and Moto is owned by Google, I feel like I got owned by Moto. Anyway, congrats to Tab owners. Unless, of course, you own an original Tab like me. In which case you got owned by Samsung. Hmmm common denominator in all of this is is VZW. So… maybe I got owned by VZW… ~rant off.

  • I hate it when Samsung says “soon”.  

    • Michael_NM

      “Soon” in reference to any Android device is virtually meaningless.

    • teh_Jughead

       soon I hope

  • KevinC

    who cares if it appeases galaxy s owners.  their phone isn’t powerful enough for ICS.

    • Michael Forte

      Right…because the Nexus S isn’t a Galaxy S phone with stock Android.

      • Dain Laguna

        exactly right. though i will admit, the nexus s was pretty much the only galaxy s phone that didnt have some form of touchwiz on it. my wifes old droid charge was basically a fascinate with a pretty screen and 4g, and that thing lagged like a mofo. 

        if ics would make that any more apparent, i understand why sammy would rather not make it available to those handsets.

        better to have people complain about not having something, than complaining that the latest update sucks.

        • Its simple you bought into Samsungs line of phones which include touchwiz and they will always include a variation of it going forth until they revise there UI overlay.

          A Galaxy S and Nexus S have the same hardware as you know but due to the size of the partition and additions it won’t fit but if they stripped touchwiz from it (which they wont do) then they would be taking away what they feel there skin brings to Android also many users wont understand anything if touchwiz is taken out and would create another problem

          I had the Nexus S and it was nice but obviously it wont get another major OS update unless its incremental or jelly bean is added support for additional peripheral which would be minor. If it gets updated users wouod only complain if not for face unlock then the fact apps close more aggressively because of low ram (thanks to ICS foot print being bigger) or how text and pages on the browser sometime struggle to render